2015 Houston Area Fellows Awarded

Houston-Area Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 39 Local Teachers for Self-Designed Fellowships

(HOUSTON) April 2, 2015 – Teachers work both as technicians teaching particular skills and intellectuals developing a love of learning.* To remain effective in both roles, teachers need development and inspiration. Fund for Teachers annually awards grants to preK-12 educators who address professional learning gaps through self-designed summer fellowships. Today, Fund for Teachers announces its list of 2015 Fellows.

Fund for Teachers awarded grants to 39 teachers representing 32 schools in 11 Houston-area school districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning the continents of North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Topics range from following the North Star from Detroit to Canada chronicling slaves’ freedom journey to researching sustainable food/organic gardening in the first Zero-Waste town of Capanoori, Italy.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“When we explain to others that we studied how the United Kingdom’s education system includes yoga in classrooms, we’re often met with a puzzled look and the question, ‘Why yoga?’” said Jill Charrier, teacher at Hinojosa Early Childhood/PreK. “We saw that our students of poverty brought bigger emotional, behavioral and social difficulties into our classrooms. Taking insight from successful practices in England and Northern Ireland, we’re now motivating students to become more active, enhancing their concentration and giving them tools for stress management.”

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers (with $2.2 million going to 558 educators in the Houston-area since 2001.) For more information about the application process, grant winners or student outcomes, visit fundforteachers.org.

*Center for Public Education, Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability, 2013.